Bytes (album)

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Studio album by Black Dog Productions
Released 8 March 1993 (1993-03-08)
Genre IDM
Length 67:35
Label Warp Records
Black Dog Productions chronology
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Artificial Intelligence chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[2]

Bytes is a studio album by Ed Handley, Andy Turner, and Ken Downie, under the name Black Dog Productions. It was released on Warp Records in 1993. It is a compilation of tracks by Plaid, Close Up Over, Xeper, Atypic, I.A.O., Discordian Popes, and Balil, alter egos of the group otherwise known as The Black Dog. Black Dog Productions is also the name of their own record label.

In 2002, Slant Magazine placed it at number 23 on the "25 Greatest Electronic Albums of the 20th Century" list.[3]


Bytes was released in 1993 on double vinyl, cassette and CD and later re-released in 2005. Today, both Ed Handley and Andy Turner form part of Plaid while Ken Downie continues to produce music under the name The Black Dog. All three collaborated on the album under various guises and combinations. Bytes was launched on the Sheffield techno label Warp Records as WARPCD8 in 1993. An early version of "Clan (Mongol Hordes)" appears on Artificial Intelligence as "The Clan".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Artist name Length
1. "Object Orient" Plaid 5:44
2. "Caz" Close Up Over 6:15
3. "Carceres Ex Novum" Xeper 6:43
4. "Focus Mel" Atypic 7:13
5. "Olivine" Close Up Over 4:45
6. "Clan (Mongol Hordes)" I.A.O. 6:24
7. "Yamemm" Plaid 6:15
8. "Fight the Hits" Discordian Popes 6:20
9. "Merck" Balil 4:34
10. "Jauqq" Close Up Over 5:47
11. "3/4 Heart" Balil 7:33


  1. ^ Cooper, Sean. "Bytes - The Black Dog". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (2 November 2002). "Black Dog Productions - Bytes". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "2520: The 25 Greatest Electronic Albums of the 20th Century (1/5)". Slant Magazine. 30 June 2002. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 

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